Grilling venison and other wild game is really not very different from grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. If you have cooked wild game before, the main difference in the cooking is that wild game has a tendency to contain less fat than domesticated meat. For this reason, it requires more marinating, more basting and less cooking time.
Grilling venison can be done like beef or lamb is done but it takes long marinating and more frequent basting. Let venison hang two to three weeks before cooking. You can grill steaks quickly but marinate the less tender cuts before grilling. Marinating venison adds to the flavor but also adds to the fat in the meat if marinade has oil in it.
Grilling venison outdoors, especially over hot charcoals produces very tasty meat. Because of the low content of fat in deer meat, careful attention must be given not to dry the meat out. When grilling do not puncture the meat with a fork or knife allowing valuable moisture to drain out; use tongs to turn. Be careful not to overcook the meat, also causing dryness.
Combine ½ cup olive oil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and 6 garlic in a large bowl; stir to blend.
Add venison and turn to coat meat; cover and refrigerate for 24 hours to marinate turning occasionally.
Sauté ¼ cup garlic and shallots in 2 tablespoons olive oil until brown; add wine, vinegar, peppercorns and apricots.
Add broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thick.
Add salt and pepper to taste; set aside and keep warm.
Drain venison and discard marinade.
Cook over medium hot coals for about 25 minutes or until thickest part registers 150F degrees on meat thermometer.
Serve venison sliced thin with warm apricot glaze recipe.
VENISON STEAK RECIPE
Combine and blend ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Italian salad dressing, olive oil and red wine.
Poke the steaks with a fork and place in a zip lock bag.
Pour marinade over the steaks, zip up tightly and refrigerate 8 hours or more.
Remove steaks from liquid and reserve marinade.
Place meat over medium hot coals; 10 to 15 minutes on each side basting with reserved marinade.
Cook until center reads 150F degrees on meat thermometer.
Boil remaining marinade and serve with steaks or serve your favorite sauce.
HORSERADISH SAUCE RECIPE
Combine and mix altogether; serve with beef.
When grilling venison it is always good to marinate the meat first. It adds flavor and tenderness. The following wild game marinade is very good for venison steaks.
WILD GAME MARINADE
Combine and mix all ingredients; marinate meat from 1 to 3 days.
Drain meat and place over medium hot coals.
BOURBON STEAK RECIPE
Grilling venison on outdoor charcoal grill produces a delicious steak. This bourbon steak recipe is also very good when cooked under a hot oven broiler.
Trim all visible white from meat; place steak in a zip lock bag. (Or shallow dish)
Combine and mix remaining ingredients; pour over steak in zip lock bag.
Refrigerate meat and marinade 1 to 2 days.
Cook on hot grill about 8 minutes on each side or until steak is done.